Hanks, Emma Thompson (who plays author P L Travers), and Paul Giamatti (Travers driver) are some of my favorite actors. Yet, through no fault of their acting, this movie fell flat for me.
This is the first portrayal of Walt Disney in a film, and I was expecting more, well, magic and happiness. After all, he created “the happiest place on earth.”
Yet, what we see in this film is a depressing and inaccurate portrayal of Travers life. Too much of the movie was spent on flashbacks, and very little of those on the person which she may have based Mary Poppins.
Without spoiling the movie for those who still want to see it, here are a few observations about the film:
- How and when Disney persuaded Travers to sign over the rights.
- The amount of time Disney and Travers spent together, and where and when this happened.
- Travers had no relationships – she actually had literary friendships, romantic involvements, and though she never married, she did adopt a son.
For more examples of inaccuracies: http://www.hypable.com/2014/01/10/saving-mr-banks-mary-poppins-facts/
- Travers demeanor and demands concerning the film.
- Disney failed to invite Travers to the opening of the film.
- She cried at the opening – although maybe not for the reason the film implies.
For more on the film vs. history: http://mydisneycloud.com/2013/12/22/saving-mr-banks-film-vs-history/
Have you seen or plan to see the film? What are your thoughts on it?